Brendan Kelly Talks About Minnesota Decommit

Brendan Kelly, a 6-foot-6, 234-pound defensive end from Richfield (MN) Academy of Holy Angeles, has de-committed from Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kelly to learn the reasons for his decision and how he plans to proceed ahead with his recruitment.

Brendan Kelly said that his phone has been ringing off the hook since making the decision to de-commit from Minnesota.

"I've been having people call me right and left," he said.

"I de-committed from Minnesota yesterday around five o'clock. I don't know what to say. It was not the best fit for me. Every coach that I have talked with, told me to pick a school that I felt comfortable with 'because you will be there for four to five years.' Based on what I saw and heard, I did not think that the 'U' was the best fit. I don't think that as of right now that they are going to continue to recruit me."

Kelly said that there was not one thing that made his re-open his recruitment.

"There were a bunch of things, but mainly I sat back and looked at my options and I kept my eyes and my ears open while I was committed and I saw some stuff," he said. "I'm not going to say anything specific, because I don't want to say anything negative. It was not the best fit. I felt that I fit in some place else better."

Kelly said that the team's struggles this season did not play a big part in his decision.

"I kind of figured that it was going to take three to five years to get the University of Minnesota back on top," he said. "It was not like I would not want to be on a team like that, but you always want to win games. I've heard about players not being too happy. It was a bunch of things."

Kelly visited Wisconsin two weeks ago, which made him think about looking at other schools.

"We had promised Wisconsin that we would go down there for a game. My mom had promised them that. We had told Minnesota that and they said 'All right, that is your choice.' I stuck to my word. I said that I was going to come down for a game, because we promised you," Kelly said. "We came down for a game and it was nice to get down there. It was actually the first time I had ever seen a Big Ten game that wasn't Minnesota. It was a little bit different. It was fun and everything, but I would not say that it had any big impact."

Kelly said that he had not set up any official visits yet.

"I have not gotten that far yet. We'll have to see. Even though it is late in the process, it is early for me right now. I still have to see where I stand with other schools, talk to them and get on the phone and talk to them."

Kelly committed to Minnesota in March before hearing from a ton of schools.

"I committed pretty early," he said. "I was the second player to commit. I think that it showed that I was really committed. I was looking forward to what they had to offer. I had schools talk to me after I committed that said they would have offered me if I had not committed. I was like, 'I made the choice and I am going to stick with it,' but as of right now, I will be still looking around and seeing what is the better fit."

Kelly was not certain about taking an official visit to Minnesota.

"I don't know. As far as I know, they have not said anything to me about it, even when I was committed. I don't even have a clue," he said. "I think that their plan was to do after the season from what I hard form the grapevine, but I did not know."

Kelly was not certain if the Gopher coaches were disappointed about his change of heart.

"That is a question you are going to have to ask them," he said.

Kelly said that the coaching staff did not try to talk him out of his decision.

"He (Coach Butler) said 'Do you know what you are doing.' I said that it was not like I woke up this morning," Kelly said. "I've been looking at my cards and seeing what I have to do and he said, 'All right, you have to do what you have to do.'"

Kelly said that the atmosphere of attending a Big Ten contest at Wisconsin opened his eyes.

"That was real fun. Of course, that was my only game that I had ever seen outside. Minnesota is getting a new stadium, so I kind of knew that they were going to have a bigger fan base and on campus, because it is just so close and that is going to be a big thing for them," Kelly said. "That will be neat for them, but like Wisconsin, Ohio State and Penn State, those schools have such an established fan base and that is always fun and interesting to see."

Kelly is not sure of what schools he would like to hear from, but he has a few that are on the top of his list.

"I'd say Wisconsin, Ohio State and Penn State. It is still early. I de-committed yesterday, so I am going to see who has openings at defensive end. Who still has scholarships to offer. Stuff like that," he said.

Kelly has been working hard to his strength and size to get ready for college football.

"Going into the season, I was 235 pounds, but I lost about 10 pounds during the season. I gained about four or five pounds back. My off-season, I managed to gain about 20 pounds of solid muscle and get a lot faster and quicker. I am continuing to work out with Mark Ellis at Game Speed Football Academy. I run a 4.6 40 and bench 310, squat 460 and clean 310."

Kelly has done some thinking about a potential major in college.

"I've been looking a lot into architecture and engineering. Stuff like that," he said. "I've got time to decide exactly. I'm still looking for a school that is really good educationally."

Kelly said that he got quite a reaction at school when news got out about his change of colleges.

"You have the kids that are Minnesota fans, the kids that are Badger fans and there are kids that are Ohio State fans and Penn State. I got about every single kid saying to me that 'now you have to go this school or this school.' I'm saying, 'Listen, this is Day 1, come on.'"

Kelly said that some of the Holy Angel students who are Gopher fans were a bit disappointed in the news.

"I had a bunch of mixed reactions," he said. "This was kind of all over."

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